Monday, June 17, 2019

Ah, a Referral Compensation Bump!


Yes, I'm still a Dollar Shave Club member.

Yes, I'm still loving their products, their prices, and their delivery scheme.

And right now I get $15 instead of $5 in credit for every referral I make.

So if you've been considering the possibility of getting great razor blades much cheaper than you'd get them at the store, now would be a good time for both you and me for you to act on the idea here.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Election 2020: How One Measly Dollar Could Make a Difference


I've only donated to one 2020 presidential campaign -- Mike Gravel's.

He's already missed the cut for the first Democratic presidential primary debate, but as of today he's at about 47,500 donors of the 65,000 he needs to get into the second debate.

I want to see him in that second debate not because I agree with him on everything but because I believe his voice in the debate would be disruptive, in a positive way, of the American political conversation.

Yes, Gravel's a Democrat -- a Democrat unlike the current herd of cowards.

A Democrat who helped end the draft and who read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record.

A Democrat who's stood up in defense of Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Julian Assange for years.

A Democrat who's been antiwar for more than half a century (unlike Tulsi Gabbard, who spent several years as a darling of Republican hawks before suddenly deciding that "antiwar" might be a politically profitable market niche).

Will he win the Democratic nomination? Unlikely. Will he ever be president? Even more unlikely.

But he can affect the process and the discussion, and you can help him do so with a donation of as little as one dollar.

Friday, June 14, 2019

It's That Time of Year ...


... when the weather alternates between "nearly 100 degrees" and "pouring rain."

Not the best cycling weather.

But my tires are holding air and I've got a working pump, a tool kit (the wrench on it sucks, but I have one around here somewhere), and a patch kit, so I'm taking short rides down the street to get, well, back on the bicycle. I'll start going further when I get a spare tube Real Soon Now.

On the way (from China): Rear pannier bags that are big enough for e.g. grocery shopping, ultralight camping, etc.

Still to get (hint: My Amazon wish list is linked in the sidebar): A couple of new tubes and tires; not an emergency but definitely needed soon.

I'm hoping to be back up to riding into town and back (15-20 miles) occasionally by late July (when I hope to get OUT of town for a few days to visit my mother, finances allowing).

And by the fall, logging 50 miles a week minimum. I don't plan to get back to routine 100-mile-plus weeks until next spring, if ever. Until score an electric bike, of course. Once that happens, hell, I might do the occasional hundred-mile-plus DAY for a trip to the beach, Jacksonville, wherever.

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